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PATTY BILBRO graduated from Haywood Community College Clay Production Program and completed her BA in Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Prior to relocating to Baltimore, Patty worked as a resident artist and instructor at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in NC from 2008-2010. Pattys background in psychology combined with her love of illustration, subtlety, and humor provides an endless inspiration for her narrative functional pottery.
RICK BISGYER crafts porcelain pottery with curving sails as a central motif in many of his pieces. Inspired by his love of sailing and boats, Ricks pottery is a reflection of his life on the Chesapeake Bay and his Eastern Shore studio, where he creates vessels, bowls, bottles, and other works in the blues and greens of seascapes. Rick started teaching pottery technique to his classmates after building the first pottery wheel at his High School in the 1970s. That love of teaching has carried through his life, earning him a Bachelor of Science in Education and teaching positions in a variety of settings including Baltimore Clayworks where he is starting his 4th season. Rick has been a full time ceramic artist working in porcelain for the past 12 years striving so that others may find pleasure in the beauty, harmony, and fluidity of his work.
BRAD BLAIR is an artist, educator and gallery coordinator living in Baltimore, MD. In 2014, he earned an MFA from Florida State University (FSU) focusing on ceramics and sculpture. Prior to FSU, he graduated from Towson University in 2009 with a B.S. degree, majoring in Art & Design. Aside from making and exhibiting his artwork nationally, Blair is an adjunct professor at Towson University, gallery coordinator at Harford Community College and instructor of ceramic classes at Baltimore Clayworks and The New Phoenix Pottery. Using his sense of creativity, imagination and patience, Blair builds detailed sculptural monstrosities to open the minds of viewers into a different reality, the unknown. His unworldly artwork stems from interests in the biological sciences, cryptozoology and the future of genetic engineering.
Wes Brown has 10 years of wheel throwing experience. Brown?s passion for ceramics came from his introduction to the potter?s wheel in high school. Since then he has gained knowledge of the wheel from years of study and travel. He has worked at such places as the Pottery Workshop in Jingedezhen, China, Daniel Johnston Pottery in North Carolina, and Goertzen Pottery in Goshen, Indiana. Brown holds a Masters of Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics from Indiana University, a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University, and an Associate of Arts from Sinclair Community college.
JENNIFER CHUA received her MFA from the University of Hawaii in 2015. She holds an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on Arts in Education, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). While she works primarily in clay, she often incorporates other time and labor-intensive craft mediums and techniques, such as knitting and crochet, to meditate upon memory, loss, and longing through tiny, repetitive actions. Her exhibition history includes juried and invitational shows in Hawaii, California, and New York City, and while studying towards her MFA, she received a curatorial graduate assistantship for the Art Galleries of the University of Hawaii, as well as a graduate teaching fellowship in ceramics. In March, she completed her term as Student Director at Large for The National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts (NCECA).
Mary K. Cloonan was born and raised in western New York state, receiving a BS in education from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She then went East to earn her MFA in ceramics from Syracuse University. She has since headed south to become a resident artist and teacher at Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland. National and international art journals have published articles she has written, as well as those written about her own work. Her work has been exhibited around the country and is in many private collections. Most artists have a touchstone of artistic epiphany; she blames that salty Play-Doh.
Melissa Hope. Davis
Melissa Hope Davis has been working with clay since 2007. Davis earned her Associate of Arts Degree in 2009 from Harford Community College. Building upon her experiences at HCC Davis established her pottery business, Hope Pottery, in 2010. Davis continues to create unique works of art and hopes to strives to share her passion of clay with others.
Jim Dugan has been teaching a wide variety of classes on wheel thrown pottery and related topics for over 17 years. He has taught primarily at not for profit art centers including Touchstone Center for Crafts, The Vermont Clay Studio, Shelburne Craft School, and Baltimore Clayowrks. Jim focuses on functional pottery with an emphasis on craftsmanship and creativity. Over his many years Jim has introduced scores of students to the communal fun and magic of firing a 2-chamber noborigama style wood and salt kiln.
Ana Maria Economou
L. Ben Freund is a sculptor and potter who joined the Clayworks community in 2012. Originally from Florida he has studied and taught ceramics across the country. Ben is an avid fan of the process of creating in clay and enjoys teaching that process and much as he does creating. His work is grounded in the thrill of discovery and often reflects mechanical and archeological forms. He has shown nationally and looks forward to showing in Baltimore.
YOSHI FUJII is currently a resident artist and was the recipient of the 200809 Lormina Salter Fellowship. Yoshi received his B.F.A from University of Southern Mississippi in 2002 and his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008. His interest is in wheel-thrown porcelain utilitarian and sculptural work.
Kathie Grove teaches ceramics and sculpture at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School where she has worked since 2002. Kathie lives in Burtonsville, MD along with her husband, 3 children and a menagerie of animals that include 3 dogs, a ferret and a chinchilla.
Christina Haines (b. 1989, Philadelphia) is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher that specializes in ceramics, sculpture and mural painting. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. Soon after graduating she founded an artist-run studio space in East Baltimore where she manages a small production line of pottery. In 2016, she received a Grit Fund Grant through the Contemporary Museum to fund this project; and since then, has used the space to host ceramic workshops and provide studio spaces to six other artists. Her work has been exhibited at Printed Matter?s L.A. Art Book Fair, Renegade Craft Fair, Open Space?s Publications and Multiples Fair & the Chicago Zine Fest.
Mia Halton grew up in a family of artists, including her maternal grandparents and mother. She remembers early art-making as both a refuge and way to make sense of the emotional vagaries of family life. Halton's exhibiitons include Orange County Museumof Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Clayworks, OK Harris Works of Art, NY and Gallery K, Washington D.C. Her work resides at teh U.S. Sate Department and numerous private collections. She was recently awarded the A.I.R. Vallauris in France, a solo exhibition at Stevenson University and will be a 2018 NAEA National Convention presenter.
Xingyang Huo is an artist and educator living in Baltimore city. she graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Masters degree in Art Teaching. She believes that teaching is an art in and of itself, and that the best art teacher is also a practicing, accomplished artist. Xing yang excels at communicating with her students, managing classrooms and providing additional assistance for individuals who need extra support.
Emily Irvin was was born in 1992 in Chillicothe, Ohio. In 2015, she received her B.S. in health sciences, and in 2016 she received her B.F.A. in ceramics from the Ohio State University. Irvin's work reflects her interest and experiences in caring for individuals by featuring collages of ceramics in combination with found materials and fibers that record touch.
Matthew Katz is a ceramic artist, engineer, and all around ceramic materials nerd. Katz received his B.F.A. from Alfred University and his M.F.A. from The University of Colorado-Boulder, in ceramic art. Katz worked as a research scientist in the ceramic engineering department of Alfred University for 15 years, studying how ceramic science applies to artists. For the last 14 years Katz has taught glaze and clay science at Alfred University. When not out researching and teaching about glazes and clays or fixing the worlds glaze flaws, Katz enjoys flying commercial aircraft, calculating Pi out to the millionth place, being a free diving world champion, and dreaming about all the thing he would be doing instead of having another conversation with his four year old son about which is is favorite Dinosaur... It is the Ankylosaur, if you were wondering.
Betsy Kendrick is a ceramic artist living and working in the River Arts District of Asheville NC. She studied painting and drawing at The Maryland Institute of Art In Baltimore and The Leo Marchutz School of Painting in Aix-en-Provence France. Betsy was a painter for many years before taking up ceramics in 2013. For her, ceramics and painting have a lot in common-for both she likes to work quickly without much fuss. Her favorite subject matter is animals! Betsys uses exclusively hand-building techniques- Pinching, coiling, and slab work, usually with terracotta clay, then decorates the work with brightly colored slips.
KATHERINE LEE received a B.F.A. from Arizona State University. She relocated to Baltimore to join Clayworks in 2013 as a studio intern where she has gained experience teaching both childrens and adult ceramics classes.
RACHEL LUNDAK was born in the mountains of North-East Arizona in the small town of Lakeside. She received her MFA from the University of Cincinnati DAAP in April of 2014, specializing in ceramics and sculpture. In 2010 she received her BFA from Alfred University. Rachel has shown her work nationally and internationally and recently attended a prestigious ceramic residency in Jingdezhen, China. She is currently an active member of the art community in Baltimore and lives in White Marsh, MD with her husband and their dog.You may view her work at www.rachellundak.com
Herb Massie is a community artist, organizer, teacher, sculptor, mosaic artist and Director of Community Engagement at Baltimore Clayworks. Herb is self-taught, pulling from experiences having grown up in Baltimore, MD. Herb uses clay, spanning from individual projects to collaboratively designed and executed installations as a vehicle for healing, relationship development, advocacy and community building with a diverse pool of participants. Massie has worked to overcome stereotypes, prejudices, misconceptions and bring dignity, voice and strength to young people, teens, students with disabilities, senior adults and those who are experiencing addiction recovery through hands-on arts experiences in Maryland for over 25 years.
The sources and influences for my work are complex and varied. I grew up in a Greek-American home steeped in the mystical traditions of Greece, paralleled by life in the deep South. My first art course came during my freshman year in undergraduate school in 1967. Until that time I had not even seen a potters wheel. At that point my life took a most important turn. A class in ceramics set me on a path from which I have yet to deviate. I developed a strong work ethic and interest in process during my years supplementing my income as a third generation carpenter. These skills are an important component in whatever I do, whether making art, cooking, gardening, doing carpentry or just living a life. Most important, ritual, mysticism, the folk arts, my heritage as a Greek, and experiences from my travels have played an increasingly prominent roll in my work. Although I am primarily a ceramic artist I work in other materials as well usually wood and metal, and typically I combine these in some fashion. Without regard to media or object, my work is a personal narrative, an expression of my feelings. While not making social commentary in an overt way there is some message to be found. I am aware that this approach is specific and not always evident to the viewer. That is, however, not a deterrent to my process. With consideration of ceramic history, the folk arts, ritual and mythology I continue to rely on my own work for inspiration. I handle clay in a casual manner with the idea that anything is possible and OK as well, intuitively making work that I like. I am concerned with the immediacy of making, process, struggle and more interested trusting the flaws not the flawless.
Joanna Merry relocated in 2017 from the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York where she has been working with clay since 2008. Joanna has worked out of several ceramics studios during that time and enjoys the community and personal connection that form as a consequence of working with clay. She also really enjoys instructing others as they learn how to work with clay, as she believes in its therapeutic properties as well as its ability to a make distinct, and invigorating forms.
Lindsay A. Miller
LYNNE MOLNER has been an artist and teacher for over 30 years. She earned her Masters Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University and Masters in Science, majoring in Clinical Psychology, from Loyola University. Lynne started her ceramics education at Baltimore Clayworks, expanding her skill-set through a variety of workshops with master potters at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (ME) and Penland School of Crafts (NC), Workhouse Art Center (VA) and Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts (NY). Her current body of work combines intuitive, expressive and incised paintings of familiar imagery on to utilitarian ceramics. She strives to imbue a personal quality of playfulness on to pots made for everyday use. Her instruction focuses on knowledge of fundamentals and inspired craftsmanship. Lynne encourages her students with exploration and technique to be open to the possibilities of their own creativity.
Sara E. Morales-Morgan
Sara E. Morales-Morgan creates illustrative ceramic objects that explore how memory shapes her notions of home and identity. She received her Master's degree in Ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelors degree in Studio Art from the University of South Alabama. She has been a resident artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts' Pentaculum, at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts as a Kiln God Award recipient, and she will soon be the 2016 - 2017 Lormina Salter Fellowship Artist at Baltimore Clayworks.
ANTOINETTE NERO received a B.F.A. in ceramic arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. She is an active artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. She has exhibited work in juried and invitational exhibitions in the Baltimore region. She is well versed on the potters wheel while exploring a diverse range of finishing techniques including but not limited to low temperature pit fire and saggar as well as high temperature wood-firing. Antoinette will be teaching both childrens and adult ceramics classes. Learn more about her work at http://cargocollective.com/antoinettenero
Amanda L.. O'Connor
Eileen O'Donnell pursued her love of clay and the art of ancient cultures at Moore College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. Her ceramic sculptures have been shown in many juried exhibitions, and in 2010, she was awarded the Louisiana ArtWorks NOLA artist in residence grant. She is inspired to teach others what she knows because her work with clay and the mentorship of her own great teachers has made such a positive impact on her life. She makes her sculptures in the Springboard Artists' studio at the Baltimore Clayworks
Hannah Pierce is a ceramic sculptor and mixed media artist as well as the current Abilities Fellowship Artist at Baltimore Clayworks. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Edinboro University of PA and her BA in Studio Art at Humboldt State University of CA. Before graduate school, Hannah worked as an educator for people with developmental disabilities at The Studio and Cheri Blackerby Gallery, located in Eureka, California. Within Hannah?s work, her background in illustration, painting, and printmaking has allowed her to incorporate experimental surfaces and an abundance of loaded imagery. She has exhibited her work nationally in exhibitions such as The Clay Studio National as well as the Graduate Student Biennial, the 50th and the 52nd Annual NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, and the Workhouse Arts Center?s 6th Annual Workhouse Clay International where she received the award, ?Best of Show?. She was also awarded a Full Kiln God scholarship as a resident at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts.
Jeremy D. Randall
Jeremy Randall received his B.F.A. from Syracuse University and his M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Florida, and has been making his hand built pottery professionally since 2005. He currently lives in Tully, New York, where he owns and operates his home studio. Jeremy is a visiting instructor of art at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia NY, and an adjunct professor of art at Syracuse University. Jeremy has been involved in numerous national and international shows, is represented by Red Lodge Clay Center in Red lodge MT, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, Society of Arts And Crafts in Boston, among others. He also has work included in the permanent collections of Robert and Jane Myerhoff in Baltimore, Bailey Pottery Equipment permanent Collection, and the Southern Illinois University Museum in Carbondale, Illinois.
Theresa M. Reuter
Kevin Rohde received his BA from Keystone College, PA and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is an award winning artist/sculptor having received fellowships at Northern Clay Center, MN, and Baltimore Clayworks, where he is currently a Resident Artist. Most recently, he was an Artist in Residence at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. He maintains a rigorous studio practice, exhibiting nationally, and was featured as a 2014 Emerging Artist in Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Kevin is currently an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Towson University in Towson, MD, as well as at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
VOLKER SCHOENFLIESS is one of the founding member artists of Baltimore Clayworks and he is a graduate of Towson University. In addition to being an instructor with Clayworks for 30+ years Volker is an instructor at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the JCC at Owings Mills. His narrative figurative ceramic work illustrates a wry sense of humor and whimsical take on human nature.
Leslie Shellow was born in Washington DC in 1969 and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She has exhibited in such venues as The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College, the King Street Art Gallery at Montgomery College, the National Institute of Health and the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, MD. In 2015, she was selected as a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist and exhibited her most recent installation at the Maryland Institute College of Arts Meyerhoff Gallery. Leslie was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2010 and 2013. She holds an MFA in Painting from Towson University, a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Education from the Evergreen State College. Her work consists of oil painting on panel, ink drawing on panel and paper, printmaking, bookmaking and installation. Pulling her imagery from observations of nature, both in the visible world and through microscopes, Leslie addresses natural processes such as growth, decay and regeneration. Mold, lichen, corral, cells, viruses and bacteria are among the many natural elements that influence her work. She currently teaches Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland Baltimore County
Why do I make what I make? Ive embraced the use of clay for a good part of my life and this question has resolved to have different meanings at different times. It is a means of self-discovery, an activity that connects me with humanity, a medium which is bound to community, relationships between people, a vehicle for the celebration of food and living aesthetics. Most importantly it serves as a grounding force in my life like no other Ive ever experienced. Its the dedicated connection to the making process that fuels me to the next idea, the next piece and next firing. Its the, Hey look at this, how did this awesome piece happen? and in the same breath knowing that no matter how much experience I have no two pieces will ever be alike. My joy is about the never ending pool of possibilities, questions, choices of clay and wood interlaced with the complex elements of the firing process.
MISSY STEELE joined Baltimore Clayworks in 2014-2015 as the 1st recipient of our Margie and Tom Pozefsky Fellowship. This new fellowship opportunity provides an artist: a studio, materials/living stipend, mentor and international travel for workshops. Missy completed a BFA in Ceramics from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. Beginning in 2006-2012 Missy gained extensive experience teaching and managing childrens ceramic programming for Shady Side Academy Camp Ren, the Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh, Boyd Community Center and Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Steeles functional ceramics emphasize and celebrate function while providing a canvas for whimsical, humorous and despairingly dark carving based on observed social behavior.
Kourtney is an artist and educator. She grew up with her family in central Pennsylvania, developing a love for creating objects from childhood. Kourtney attended Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and her Masters of Art in Teaching. Kourtney then worked and showed her art in the Mid-Atlantic region while also teaching high school ceramics and sculpture. In addition, Kourtney has been a presenter at NCECA and MAEA. She is currently an MFA candidate in ceramics at Georgia State University.
James personal iconography is rich with references to the cultural, social, political and religious experiences of growing up in Mississippi. His outlook is humorous, poignant, and sometimes confrontational, as he observes the world around him. The work draws upon both the beauty and the ugliness of this region. His works explore the concepts of what society ordains as acceptable or beautiful, as well as, what it condemns as being ugly and undesirable. Having grown up in the south, he discovered that many situations, events and people are a mixture of both definitions. For him, the intrigue lies not only within the borders of these interpretations but also in how these labels can influence a lifelong attitude.
JEREMY WALLACE is a current resident artist with Baltimore Clayworks and was the Lormina Salter Fellowship artist for 2014-2015 . He earned his BFA with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin Superior in the fall of 2009. A native of Minnesota, he has recently worked as an artist-in-residence at St. Petersburg Clay Company for 2013-14 and instructor at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg FL. He began work as the Noborigama assistant with Baltimore Clayworks in 2011-2013. Jeremys functional and sculptural vessels explore expression through line, texture and movement.
SAM WALLACE is a traditional Jamaican potter who became a resident artist and kiln technician for Baltimore Clayworks in 1993. His work has been featured in numerous regional and national exhibitions as well as being a featured demonstrator for the 1995 National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts conference. Sam continues to teach and exhibit his work primarily through a wide range of artist residencies throughout Baltimore City, surrounding counties and the neighboring mid-Atlantic region including New Hampshire, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Kelli Williams is a visual and community artist. In her personal work she uses experimental animation, photography, installation, and humor to create work that comments on society through the lens of social media and technology. She is an alumna of Morgan State University where she majored in Fine Art, with a concentration in photography. She recently graduated with her Masters of Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art in Design. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Columbus Live, Hyperallergic, Artnet, and Baltimore magazine.
TRAVIS WINTERS joined Baltimore Clayworks as the 2015-16 Lormina Salter Fellowship Artist . Working primarily with animals and figures, he creates a visceral experience for the viewer by meticulously crafting characters that evoke narrative and the sense of touch. A MFA graduate from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Winters exhibits work nationally and has shown at Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, MD, The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, The Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, WA, The Ceramics Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, and more. Travis was a Kiln God Summer Resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in New Castle, ME, a Short-Term Resident Artist at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT and resident artist at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville, NC. Follow Travis at http://traviswinters.blogspot.com
Alison Emily Hatfield. Young
ALISON HATFIELD YOUNG received her BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute of Ceramic Arts. For three years Ali worked for Baltimore Clayworks as Childrens Program & Volunteer Coordinator and she currently works as the Volunteer Coordinator at Blue Water Baltimore. She has participated in artist-residencies at the Vallauris Institute of Art in France and C.R.E.T.A. Rome in Italy in the fall of 2013. Young has participated in national exhibitions including Workhouse Clay National in 2014 and Rights of Mankind at the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights in 2013. Her artwork resides in permanent collections in Italy, France and the U.S.